The results are in. 66% of you (including me) declutter your houses but then go out to yard sales looking for more stuff. 33% of you declutter your houses and then make it easy on yourselves by NOT going to yard sales to bring more stuff home.
One voice vote in the comments agreed with the choice that I needed to STOP going to yard sales. (Hi Lexi!) I will just ignore that vote.
When I lived in Florida, I could yard sale from March through November. They tapered off for the holidays and the "cold" season. When I needed something, I would just plan to look for it at the next yard sale day. I could count on finding nearly everything I ever needed for 50 to 90% less than what I would pay in the store.
Up North where I live now, the season is Memorial Day to the beginning of October. MUCH shorter. I go through withdrawals in the winter.
ONE of my favorite yard sale "finds" was my two matching chairs from the early 60s that are in my basement. (I don't seem to have a picture of them. I should remedy that.) They were in fantastic condition and I carted them away for $15--for both! What a rush!
Do you have a favorite "find" that you would like to share? It's that thrill of finding a treasure that keeps me going back. I also find name-brand clothes for CHEAP as well as lots of homeschool and office things for far less than I would pay in the stores. Many times I find brand new things that are still in their packages.
Nope, I don't think I'll stop going to yard sales any time soon.